Indoor Air Quality Management
Indoor Air Quality Management Plan
In an effort to minimize and prevent Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues from occurring in campus buildings, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute and UNH Facilities has developed an IAQ Management Plan to assist in providing UNH faculty, staff, students, guests, and visitors indoor environments which are free of airborne contaminants. The IAQ Management Plan is a pro-active program where building occupants can participate through education and outreach to identify potential sources of pollutants and implement corrective actions to eliminate them. Through a concerted effort by building stakeholders, Facilities Operations, Campus Energy and OEHS, this pro-active plan is designed to educate and inform the community about addressing IAQ concerns in the workplace.
While most IAQ complaints revolve around strange odors or non-specific symptoms, some are the result of a potentially hazardous source. Concerns with IAQ have increased since energy conservation efforts were instituted in buildings during the 1970's when reductions in fresh outside air contributed to the buildup of potential contaminants. IAQ complaints can range from single isolated events involving comfort (temperature, relative humidity, drafts) or unfamiliar smells/odors, to more complex issues where the air quality may be suspected of causing illness. Identifying the underlying cause(s) can be very simple or extremely challenging as there can be many variables in play including potential sources, building functions, mechanical systems, and varying individual sensitivities.
While this program is voluntary in nature, OEHS encourages our stakeholders to contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment with our IAQ representatives to meet and further discuss the details of the plan.